This site is devoted to all things dealing with fan funds involving Australia. It is intended to be an archive of everything related to Aussie-linked fan funds: ballots, voting details, administrators reports, bits from newszines and blogs saying “I’m back and the trip was fantastic…”, trip reports, and so on.
This is envisaged as being a work permanently in progress: comments, corrections, and contributions are eagerly solicited. Any offers to retype or scan material will be accepted with glee.
Please note that this site is not the official website of any Fan Fund.
WHAT’S A FAN FUND?
Fan Funds exist as a means to provide closer links between various national science fiction fandoms. They achieve this aim by providing the funds for a well-known fan from one country to attend a major science fiction convention in another country. The Funds exist solely through the financial support and generosity of fandom.
Any Fund with an Australian connection. There are four on-going Funds:
GUFF moves people between Europe and Australasia. Its current administrators are Alison Scott and Simon Litten.
DUFF: Erin Underwood has won the Down Under Fan Fund race. However, with ConZealand being a virtual Worldcon and Covid-19, Erin did not be travel to New Zealand, and attended the vitual Worldcon. The Voting details are here.
GUFF: GUFF Call for Nominations – 2024 GUFF Call for Nominations Oceania to Europe
GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Oceania (Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia) to Europe (and vice versa).
Nominations in the race to send an fan Northbound to Worldcon in Glasgow, Scotland (8-12 August, 2024)
glasgow2024.org are open to anyone who was active in fandom prior to January 2022. The winner could also travel to other parts of the UK and elsewhere in Europe to visit fans, as time permits.
The winner will be expected to take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races, and will ideally publish a report of their trip.
If you wish to stand, please contact us at the email addresses below. You will need three nominators from the southern hemisphere and two from Europe (who will each need to confirm their nominations), a platform of no more than 100 words to appear on the ballot, and a bond of AU$25/NZ$25 to guarantee attendance at the 2024 Worldcon in Glasgow if you win.
If you wish to stand and are unsure about how to go about getting any of these things, what the fund pays for or the duties of a GUFF delegate and administrator, then feel free to contact us in confidence.
Nominations are open from now until 23 March 2024. Candidates will be announced soon after, and voting will then run until 23:59 on 23 April 2024 (British Time – GMT + 1) with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed. Nominations should be sent via email to NZ administrator Simon Litten at email@example.com and UK administrator Alison Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. The bond should be sent by PayPal to email@example.com.
Please disseminate widely.
Simon Litten and Alison Scott
Alison Scott won the 2020 Going Under Fan Fund race. Voting details here. However, with ConZealand being a virtual Worldcon and Covid-19, Alison did not be travel to New Zealand, and attended the vitual Worldcon. In 2023 Alison travelled to Australia and New Zealand, and attended Conflux 17, the Australian Natcon, held in Canberra.
NAFF: NAFF (the National Australian Fan Fund) assists fans to travel across Australia to attend the Australian National Convention (Natcon) by covering the costs of airfare, accommodation and convention membership. Official statement from NAFF administrators:
“Due to the cancellation of this yearâ€™s Natcon (Swancon), the 2020 NAFF race cannot proceed. After consultation with a number of people, including the candidate, we have opted to Hold Over Funds. We hope that this year’s candidate will run in a future NAFF race. Thank you to all who supported the race and those who intend to support it in the future.”
2017 DUFF Trip Report is available to buy online now!
Paul Weimer has published his Trip Report, titled “What I Did On My Summer Vacation.” US$7.00 will get you a solid .pdf file. Check out this page from Paul’s website.
GUFF Trip Reports are available to buy online now!
Marcin Klak’s 2018 trip report, The Giant Leap to Never Never, is available here in PDF. Contact Marcin if you want a printed copy.
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THIS?
The site is managed by Irwin Hirsh, who wishes to acknowledge:
- Jean Weber, who provided initial webspace and significant admin support. Ion Newcombe now has this role;
- Dave Langford, whose TAFF site has been an inspiration and who allowed me to re-use some of his htmled files;
- Marc Ortlieb, whose publication An Australian Compendium of Fandom was my initial reference;
- Damien Warman, with whom I bounced around some ideas;
- Perry Middlemiss, who provided me with quite a few files and who probably would’ve done something like this years ago but instead got sidetracked by some Worldcon-thingyies; and
- Janice Gelb, Edwina Harvey, Paul Kincaid, Dave Langford, Dave Locke (for the late Jackie Causgrove), Roman Orszanski, Joyce Scrivner, Alan Stewart, and Bob Tucker who have provided documents and/or ‘reprint’ permissions (though not all items are yet on the site.)
Building this site I began to notice a whole lot of useless information about Fan Funds. To share in this trivia click here.
…you may wish to make a donation to one of these funds. Fan Funds exist solely due to generosity of fandom. Any donation you may make would be gratefully appreciated and put to good use.
DUFF’s Offical website.
The Australasian Fan Fund Live Journal (not updated since 2014).
Dave Langford’s TAFF website.
FANAC’s Fan History website.
Bill Burns’ eFanzines website.
Guy & Rosy Lillian’s 2004 DUFF race website and 2005 DUFF race website.
Janice Gelb’s DUFF website covers the 2000 and 2001 DUFF Races.
Norman Cates DUFF website covers the 2009 DUFF Race.
Jean Weber’s and Eric Lindsay’s GUFF website: their 2001 trip report, plus info on the 2003 and 2005 races.
Previous iterations of this website can be found at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
If you want to purchase some good fanzines, remember a Great Fan, and help out GUFF, check out this page.